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Effects of childhood experiences with parents on adulthood: An exploration of perfectionism, control, and expression of emotions related to childhood issues


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Psychoanalytic scholars and psychoanalytic clinicians, among others, have illustrated that childhood experiences, especially traumas, can have lasting effects into adulthood. Parents are usually the major caretakers of their children during their children's infancy and childhood. Therefore, parents have a dominant role in their children's childhood experiences. This dissertation illustrates the effects of early childhood experiences upon subsequent adulthood experiences especially the preeminent role of parents in their children's lives even after the child has entered into adulthood.

In this paper, I present a case study of the therapy I provided to Mary, a 28-year-old Native American, twice divorced, single woman. Mary came to therapy with anxiety problems, including “anxiety attacks.” Mary also reported of having some eating problems, which she referred to as “excessive overeating.” In addition, Mary revealed relationship problems, self esteem issues, and difficulties coping with recent significant transitions. For this presentation, I concentrate on two key areas of Mary's childhood development as well as the evolution of the therapeutic relationship and its process. The first issue is control and perfectionism. The second issue is the ability to express the full range of emotional experience. Case conceptualization occurred, for the most part, from a psychoanalytic relational approach.

The paper reviews relevant theoretical and empirical studies integrating these studies and the case study into clinical and theoretical conclusions. Further recommendations regarding prevention issues of childhood traumas are provided in the discussion section.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Psychotherapy;
Developmental psychology
Classification
0622: Psychotherapy
0620: Developmental psychology
Identifier / keyword
Psychology; Adulthood; Childhood; Control; Emotions; Parents; Perfectionism; Trauma
Title
Effects of childhood experiences with parents on adulthood: An exploration of perfectionism, control, and expression of emotions related to childhood issues
Author
Goren, Erez
Number of pages
100
Publication year
2004
Degree date
2004
School code
0971
Source
DAI-B 65/10, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780496087532, 0496087533
University/institution
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
University location
United States -- Illinois
Degree
Psy.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3149633
ProQuest document ID
305055119
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305055119
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